The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist (with Free Printables!)

This free home maintenance checklist printable set will help you manage your most important home tasks that need to be completed throughout the year. Always know when you completed your maintenance tasks last and what you need to accomplish next!

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Wouldn’t it be great if our homes would just maintain themselves? No more dusty shelves or dirty floors! No more broken appliances or piles of leaves in the yard! So dreamy!

Well, we wish we had a secret to a self-maintaining home that we could share with you, but we don’t. We do have the next best thing, though!

Our cute home maintenance checklists can help you schedule your tasks throughout the year so everything feels more manageable. You can keep track of what you’ve completed and what still needs to be done and stay on top of everything like a pro.

Sound good? Let’s do it!

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Home Maintenance Checklist PDF

First things first. Go ahead and grab the home maintenance checklist PDF (in two cute color schemes!) by clicking on the button below.

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Once you’ve grabbed your printables, you’ll see that we’ve broken down the home maintenance log into two parts. One page helps organize monthly, quarterly, biannual, and annual tasks. The other page provides a breakdown of tasks to complete each month. You can use one or both– totally up to you!

Let’s talk about how to use them.

Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

We will always have some tasks that are recurring– things we have to do monthly, every three months, twice per year, or yearly. The first page of our home maintenance checklist helps us keep track of those items all in one place.

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But sometimes it’s hard to know which tasks we need to complete and how often we should be completing them, right?! While everyone’s home, preferences, and needs will be different, we’ve created a general timeline for recurring home maintenance tasks to help you fill out your checklist with ease.

Of course, please use caution when completing any home maintenance tasks.

Monthly Home Maintenance Tasks

Below is a list of home maintenance tasks that you could add to your list to be completed every month:

  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check fire extinguishers.
  • Test the security system.
  • Replace/clean the furnace filter.
  • Inspect and clean vents.
  • Clean range hood filters.
  • Clean the garbage disposal.
  • Clean dishwasher drain filter.
  • Check all sink drains, remove debris, and unclog if necessary.
  • Check on landscaping. Complete any necessary trimming or cleanup.
  • Remove expired items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
  • Check for leaks in any plumbing.

Quarterly Home Maintenance Tasks

Some home maintenance tasks will be less frequent, needing to be completed only once every three months. Here are some tasks that you could add to your quarterly home maintenance list:

  • Check the water softener. Add salt if needed.
  • Inspect the hot water heater and perform maintenance as needed.
  • Inspect the attic and basement, looking for cracks, leaks, and critters.
  • Test the garage door sensor.
  • Test GFCI outlets.
  • Treat the home for pests.
  • Deep clean the dishwasher.
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Biannual Home Maintenance Tasks

There are some home tasks that are best completed twice per year. Here are some ideas for your biannual home maintenance list:

  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Deep clean your home.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Inspect weather stripping.
  • Deep clean the washing machine.
  • Make sure dryer vent is working properly.
  • Deep clean the oven.
  • Remove debris from gutters.
  • Deep clean shower heads and sink aerators.
  • Rotate your mattress.

Yearly Home Maintenance Tasks

And of course, some tasks only need to be done once each year. Here are some potential annual tasks to add to your list:

  • Clean the refrigerator coils.
  • Clean the bathroom exhaust fans.
  • Re-caulk bathtubs, showers, and sinks.
  • Inspect exterior siding and repair as needed.
  • Pressure wash/clean the exterior of your home.
  • Re-stain the deck if needed.
  • Have the chimney cleaned.
  • Service your HVAC systems.
  • Inspect the roof and have it serviced as needed.
  • Have the driveway sealed.
  • Deep clean the carpets.

The frequency of the tasks on these lists can vary due to numerous factors, so if you prefer a different timeline than the suggestions laid out above, feel free to tweak them to meet your needs.

Related: Free Printable Decluttering Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist by Month

The second page of our home maintenance log breaks down tasks by month. If we only assign ourselves a few tasks each month, keeping up with the maintenance of our homes will feel a lot less intimidating!

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Below, we’ve listed some ideas for tasks you could add to your checklist each month. The timing of these tasks will vary depending on where you live due to climate and the needs of individual homes, so plan accordingly.

January Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

Even though it may be cold outside in January, there are plenty of indoor tasks that can be completed. And we can use that extra boost of motivation that comes with the New Year to get ahead on our decluttering and cleaning!

  • Declutter your home and send off unused items for donation.
  • Clean refrigerator coils.
  • Clean bathroom exhaust fans.
  • Deep clean shower heads and sink aerators.
  • Deep clean the washing machine.
  • Rotate your mattress.

February Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

We’re still mostly focusing on indoor tasks in February, but we can begin to think ahead toward spring and preparing for warmer weather as well.

  • Clean and declutter the basement.
  • Check grout in kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room. Repair as needed.
  • Re-caulk bathtubs, showers, and sinks.
  • Restock first aid kits.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working correctly.

March Home Maintenance Tasks

Spring cleaning typically kicks off in March! Along with focusing on deep cleaning, it’s time to start prepping those outdoor areas for spring.

  • Complete a whole-house deep clean.
  • Touch up paint on walls and doors.
  • Check the driveway and walkway for cracks.
  • Clean and inspect gutters.
  • Tune up the lawn mower.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
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April Home Maintenance Tasks

While continuing spring cleaning in April, it’s a great month to check the exterior of our homes for any damage that may have occurred during the winter months and begin to make repairs.

  • Check exterior drainage.
  • Spruce up landscaping.
  • Repair or replace siding as needed.
  • Repair or replace damaged window screens.
  • Inspect the air conditioner.
  • Deep clean the oven.

May Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

With the weather really warming up, May is a great time to complete some of the larger outdoor tasks like staining and pressure washing.

  • Pressure wash/clean the exterior of your home.
  • Re-stain deck if needed.
  • Clean the garage.
  • Treat the home for pests.

June Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

It’s time to wrap up any tasks that need to be completed before summer is in full swing!

  • Have the driveway sealed.
  • Oil garage door chain, garage door, and door hinges.
  • Deep clean shower heads and sink aerators.
  • Deep clean the refrigerator.
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July Home Maintenance Tasks

July tends to be full of fun summer activities, but we can still work on a few maintenance tasks to make sure our homes are running smoothly.

  • Take care of lawn and garden maintenance.
  • Make sure all locks and deadbolts are working correctly.
  • Clean all of the hardware in your home.
  • Wipe down the kitchen cabinets.
  • Rotate your mattress.

August Home Maintenance Tasks

With back-to-school around the corner, August is a great time to wrap up repairs and focus on creating organized entries and clothing.

  • Work on general home repairs as needed.
  • Organize the mudroom/entryway.
  • Declutter clothing and discard unneeded items.

September Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

September can feel like a second new year, so it’s a great time to give our homes another deep clean. Since cold weather will be here soon, we need to start preparing for that as well.

  • Complete a whole-house deep clean.
  • Schedule heating system maintenance.
  • Have the chimney serviced.
  • Repair cracks in doors and windows.
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October Home Maintenance Checklist Tasks

It’s fully fall at this point, so we need to make sure we’re staying on top of leaf maintenance and preparing for the colder winter months.

  • Rake leaves.
  • Trim bushes and hedges once leaves have fallen.
  • Put away or protect outdoor furniture.
  • Winterize exterior plumbing.
  • Prepare snowblower and other snow removal devices.
  • Deep clean the oven.

November Home Maintenance Tasks

Chances are that we’ll be having a lot more family and friends coming through our homes for the holidays, so we’ll want to make sure everything is running smoothly before we jump into hosting.

  • Clean and inspect gutters.
  • Deep clean the carpets.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have appliances serviced before the holidays.

December Home Maintenance Tasks

Finally, December is often busy with holiday festivities, but it’s still good to be vigilant about checking for damage and leaks so we don’t end up with any major issues during the holidays.

  • Check for leaks in attic, basement, and crawl spaces.
  • Keep an eye on your pipes and insulate if necessary.
  • Make sure you have candles, flashlights, and other supplies you’d need in the case of a power outage.
  • Watch for winter storm damage.

There’s more where that came from!

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Home Maintenance Checklist: Final Thoughts

The home maintenance ideas we shared in this post are certainly not exhaustive. But we hope we were able to give you a helpful starting point for planning out the tasks that need to happen to keep your home running smoothly!

Running a home is a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming! Completing just a few tasks each month can really help to keep things under control. You can do it!

Printable Home Maintenance Checklist: Frequently Asked Questions

Safety is so important when it comes to home maintenance, so be sure to prioritize these tasks to help keep your household safe:

  • Monitor smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Make sure you own fire extinguishers.
  • Test alarm systems to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Inspect major home systems like HVAC, electrical, and plumbing.
  • Keep up with repairs and general maintenance on the roof, windows, siding, gutters, and other exterior liabilities.

There are many factors that contribute to home maintenance costs, including the size of the home, the home’s age, how well it has been maintained, and when major pieces and appliances were last replaced.

For a breakdown of how to calculate home maintenance costs, including some helpful formulas for estimating the cost of upkeep on your specific home, see this article.

If you’re trying to minimize the amount of home maintenance you have to complete yourself, consider choosing a townhouse or condo where the homeowner’s association takes care of the majority of the exterior maintenance.

This will leave you with only interior tasks for the most part. You can always hire out any tasks you are not comfortable completing on your own.

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